Uganda Management Institute has held its 18th graduation with over 3,000 students graduating with Doctorates, masters Degrees and Diplomas in various academic disciplines for the academic year 2018/2019.
Five students were conferred upon PHDs, 462 were awarded Masters Degrees, while 2,865 were awarded post graduate diplomas , 20 awarded Diplomas in different management disciplines from the various UMI main campus in Kampala and its branches in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara.
Speaking during the ceremony, which was conducted in conformity with the COVID19 Standard Operating Procedures, with students following proceedings from their respective campuses, the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi called upon the graduands to make use of the knowledge, skills and values they have acquired to contribute to the transformation of their societies and humanity in general.
Ssekandi said that Government has put in place the environment to facilitate all forms of skill development to support its socio-economic transformation and urged graduands to apply the knowledge they have acquired to impact their work places and be more creative and innovative to be able to address the contemporary challenges facing mankind today.
He observed that the post COVID world will call for flexibility and willingness to adopt to a paradigm shift of new normal in ways of performance adding that the country is embracing technology for work continuity and called upon institutions of higher learning provide leadership in appropriate technology that will facilitate service delivery particularly in the public sector.
UMI Director General, James Nkata said that the COVID19 pandemic struck at the time the institute had just launched its five year strategic plan which was aimed at ushering the institute into the fourth industrial revolution advancing towards artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and genetic engineering.
The scientific ceremony was presided over by the institute Chancellor and former longtime Education Minister Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire who appreciated Government support especially the staff salary enhancement which she said commences in the 2020/2021 financial year.
She noted that, the UMI has expanded in both infrastructure and academics that have seen it pass out increasing numbers of graduates committed to working together with Government and other institutions towards achieving and maintaining UMI as a centre for academic excellence in the region.